Enter the American psyche.
A 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll sheds light on how Americans think and feel about eleven topics that range from Osama bin Laden to James Bond. Turns out, 24% of Americans polled have doubts that the al-Qaeda leader is actually dead, while 31% (the highest) chose the fictitious Brit as their adventure-seeking partner in crime.
Speaking of Brits, 52% of Americans have no idea who Pippa Middleton is, despite the “media obsession” over Prince William’s sister-in-law and her mesmerizing backside. Though 32% thought the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister was a “British socialite,” others answered that she was a children’s book heroine, fashion designer or actress for adult films.
More than 60% of Americans believe that the United States should still take in the world’s “huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” (yes, we’re actually pro-immigration), but when it comes to the world in general, 27% believe it was safer ten years ago (before 9/11). For the most part, Americans agree that the U.S. government should be able to authorize cyber warfare when necessary (56%) and that pro athletes should avoid doping, even if the drugs are FDA-approved (72%).
Only 2% of respondents associated presidential hopeful Mitt Romney with Mormonism, with higher percentages of respondents linking the religion with Utah, Joseph Smith or polygamy.
When it comes to television, the majority wants to see fewer shows on crime, singing competitions or New Jersey, but 24% cited: “I like them all.”
The poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,045 adults nationwide, who were interviewed over the phone in June. Click here to answer the questions yourself.